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CIT Student Snapshot: Dearne's Story

Published: 04 Aug 2016


I was working in hospitality but needed a career change due to some health issues that meant I couldn't be on my feet all day.

I didn't pay attention when I was in school and I had left in Year 10. Enrolling in a certificate III course in community work was a difficult step to take but I needed to try something.

After completing the certificate III, I heard about the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs available through CIT Yurauna Centre, CIT's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support centre, and enrolled.

I started passing with credits which was an important moment. I started thinking, 'Oh hang on, I can do this!' I loved the course and had a thirst for knowing more.

Now I have a place at the Australian Catholic University to study community work at the diploma level. Juggling single parenthood, work and study is still a challenge, so I've deferred my university place to start next year. But it's great to know that I have that to go back to and I feel confident to study at that level.

CIT Yurauna Centre was a significant part of my journey. The amount of support I received was what pushed me over the line to finish my studies. The staff have an open door policy and being able to drop in anytime to talk about how I was going and any problems I was having absolutely changed the outcome for me.

When you study at CIT Yurauna Centre you are fully supported and it's a safe place to go. That's what I'd want people to know about it: It's a safe place.

I have found that once you step into the CIT Yurauna Centre you become part of the Yurauna Centre family. They are always interested in what you're doing and are very proud of everyone's achievements.

I now have a brand new job at the Red Cross as a support officer and it has been wonderful. It's certainly challenging - I'm adjusting to the mental exhaustion at the end of the day with an office job as opposed to the physical exhaustion of hospitality, but I love it. I have already had the opportunity to continue my knowledge with two training courses through work and have lots of support in my new role.

Looking back I can't believe how far I've come. I'm still blown away by what I've been able to achieve.

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215).